Friday, March 09, 2012

Mums Know Best

Growing up, I can remember my mom saying, "don't look a gift horse in the mouth.' I never understood it at the time, why would you look in a horse's mouth for a gift, but now that I'm a grown up I realise how savvy she really was (especially, now that I know what she meant!)

There is an ebb and flow to the schedule of being a Personal Trainer. There are days when you are so busy, you barely have time to grab a snack between sessions, seasons when everything slows down, and days, when for no particular reason and through no fault of your own, everyone cancels (or, just doesn't show up).

These days are unpredictable, and can often be frustrating. Recently, I had such a day. I was scheduled for a full line up of clients, until about 24 hours prior when the cancellations began. A series of random events whittled my day down to one session. I showed up bright and early ready to train, only to check my e-mail and see that my one client wouldn't be making it in.

My first thought, if they had just e-mailed me 30 minutes sooner, I wouldn't be stuck at work for the day (the downside of being in a one car household), instead I would 'snug as a bug in a rug' in my bed looking forward to a much needed sleep-in. I was bitter, I won't lie. However, after letting go of what I thought I wanted (the sleep-in) I realised just how lucky I was. I now had a full, uninterrupted day to catch up on my work and instead of going home and turning on my computer, I could look forward to enjoying a relaxing evening.

Lesson learned, mums really do know best (as if that was ever in question), and sometimes you just need to let go of what might have been, to appreciate the gift of what is.

~ Sasha

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